IS Paul White now the fastest man in rugby league?

On the evidence of the Giants' clash with St Helens last Friday, the answer has to be yes!

Saints winger Darren Albert may have earned the fastest man tag in 2004 by defeating all-comers in a charity event.

But in the second half of the clash at Knowsley Road, serious question were raised over whether White is now the man to beat.

In the 74th minute, Albert spotted a gap on the St Helens' 20 and raced off down the wing.

But the Huddersfield man turned round and within seconds had caught his man - much to the amazement of many inside the ground.

In a single moment, the 22-year-old had again shown just how quick he is.

Not that anyone should have been taken too much by surprise!

After all, on the opening day of the season at Leigh, White showed incredible pace off the mark to score a superb solo try and then a week later against Hull left former Australian winger Nathan Blacklock rooted to the spot as he rounded him with ease to score again.

But while the debate rages over whether White is the quickest around, the man himself is taking a thoroughly modest view on the subject.

"It's nice to be talked about as a possible fastest man," he said.

"But whether it's actually the case I don't really know. There are some pretty quick players around.

"The main thing for me right now is the fact that I've being playing in the first team and have scored some tries.

"I do have to admit, however, that I do feel sharp, and long may that continue.

"A lot of that has to be down to the work I've been doing with Geoff Evans (Head of Athletic Performance).

"I think everyone has responded to Geoff's methods and are benefiting from them.

"As well as feeling in good shape, it also helps give you more confidence and I think that's also been reflected across the board."

White's start to the season is in stark contrast to a year ago when he suffered a badly broken leg in the pre-season game against Castleford.

That ruled him out for the first half of the season.

But he showed on his return that he was fitter, faster and stronger than ever.

And he's hoping to prove that once again against Leeds Rhinos at the Galpharm Stadium tomorrow, when he is hoping to go head-to-head with another of the game's fastest in lethal England winger Mark Calderwood.

"Hopefully, I'll be selected tomorrow, because it's a massive game that we all want to play in," added White.

"And, to be honest, I don't care what position I play, as long as I'm in the 17.

"I'm often asked which I prefer, because I came to the club as a scrum half but have spent this season on the wing or at hooker.

"As I say, I'm happy playing anywhere, just as long as I'm gaining the experience of playing in a competition like Super League.

"I have to admit I enjoy playing on the wing, because I've scored a couple of tries from there and set up a couple of others.

"But it's just great to be a part of this team.

"As well as the confidence from feeling better physically, I'm also confident because Jon (Sharp) has been picking me.

"That's given me more self belief. I know I'm not simply here to cover for others.

"Yet I know that I can't take any position for granted.

"With Marcus St Hilaire and Paul Reilly back after injury, I think we're all braced for a big selection battle!"